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post #6616 of 6630

 I was driving and some A hole decided to tailgate me for doing the speed limit, he tailgated me all the way and his Xenon lights were far too distracting to be legal. I mean whats wrong with normal lights. (God help us when laser lights come to production) 

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I am terrified of being the next her. Graduating with a physics degree (that I switched to after realizing my previous major, journalism, was neigh unemployable) which I was told would be the equivalent of Bachelors gold, only to find out it's actually only good as a foot in the door at best. Currently trying to teach myself as many programming languages as I can so I can get my computer science certs, and studying to try to take my EIT exam as well so I can grow up and be an engineer


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If you have not read this you should. A physics degree teaches thinking that will stand you well in any endeavor. That aside, physiscists get hot chicks:) Marylin Monroe had serious hots for Einstein.

 

http://www.plouffe.fr/simon/math/The%20Tao%20of%20Physics.pdf

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Beautiful women think smart men are hot for a while, but they seldom stay with them, ask Arthur Miller. (He did say those were the best years of his life, however. Up until the affairs got out of control and she stopped coming back home.)

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The fact that a feminine hygiene product like that even gets on Top Gear is a monument to the failure of western society. Small wonder the Asians are kicking are butts all round when that kind of nonsense is put forth as some kind of thing to aspire to.

I'd rather hear how Roger Daltry's Aston got shortened back in the day.


Well, there are only so many famous Brits who are good drivers and that show has been going on for a very long time. Sooner or later they'd have to put Cowell or Ramsey on, it was unavoidable. At least we also got people like Jodie Kidd, Amy Macdonald, Brian Johnson, and Jay Kay too. Yeah, Jay Kay is a prat, but he's an entertaining one.
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Beautiful women think smart men are hot for a while, but they seldom stay with them, ask Arthur Miller. (He did say those were the best years of his life, however. Up until the affairs got out of control and she stopped coming back home.)
Well, there are only so many famous Brits who are good drivers and that show has been going on for a very long time. Sooner or later they'd have to put Cowell or Ramsey on, it was unavoidable. At least we also got people like Jodie Kidd, Amy Macdonald, Brian Johnson, and Jay Kay too. Yeah, Jay Kay is a prat, but he's an entertaining one.

 

Miller was no ideal husband himself apparently.

 

Plenty of Brits to go round. Start with the cast of Red Dwarf and move on up.

 

If you cease to pay attention to the Basura Blanca's they wither and die and hopefully turn into something more useful, like compost.

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I've worked with several physics phuds of various specialties. One guy was an expert on the solar effects on the ionosphere as it related to radio wave propagation, specifically the impact on GPS satellite signals. Another guy worked for 30 years at a research tank that modeled fall-out effects from nuke war scenarios. Both of them were very nice guys, and brilliant - but neither of them could communicate with other human beings. I'm serious - they could barely hold a conversation. VERY odd ducks - even in an entire office of engineering and science oddities...
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I've worked with several physics phuds of various specialties. One guy was an expert on the solar effects on the ionosphere as it related to radio wave propagation, specifically the impact on GPS satellite signals. Another guy worked for 30 years at a research tank that modeled fall-out effects from nuke war scenarios. Both of them were very nice guys, and brilliant - but neither of them could communicate with other human beings. I'm serious - they could barely hold a conversation. VERY odd ducks - even in an entire office of engineering and science oddities...


Ever think that maybe it was the other way round:D

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lol - trust me, those guys were not actually the oddest guys in the office. That crown went to the guy that removed all the light bulbs in his office, and worked only by a single low wattage light and the glow from his CRT. Every day for lunch he ate one happy meal from Mickey D's, and he saved every paper bag the happy meal came in. They were all neatly folded and wrapped in bundles with string, then stacked against the walls of his office. He had thousands. He spoke only in a very low, mumbling whisper and even when standing right next to him you had to strain your ears to hear him. His office door was always closed and if you knocked on the door, he would only open it enough to talk to you - he never invited you into his office. I always figured that one day, there would be a strong smell coming from the office, and then we would have to call the coroner...
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lol - trust me, those guys were not actually the oddest guys in the office. That crown went to the guy that removed all the light bulbs in his office, and worked only by a single low wattage light and the glow from his CRT. Every day for lunch he ate one happy meal from Mickey D's, and he saved every paper bag the happy meal came in. They were all neatly folded and wrapped in bundles with string, then stacked against the walls of his office. He had thousands. He spoke only in a very low, mumbling whisper and even when standing right next to him you had to strain your ears to hear him. His office door was always closed and if you knocked on the door, he would only open it enough to talk to you - he never invited you into his office. I always figured that one day, there would be a strong smell coming from the office, and then we would have to call the coroner...

 

 

 


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lol - trust me, those guys were not actually the oddest guys in the office. That crown went to the guy that removed all the light bulbs in his office, and worked only by a single low wattage light and the glow from his CRT. Every day for lunch he ate one happy meal from Mickey D's, and he saved every paper bag the happy meal came in. They were all neatly folded and wrapped in bundles with string, then stacked against the walls of his office. He had thousands. He spoke only in a very low, mumbling whisper and even when standing right next to him you had to strain your ears to hear him. His office door was always closed and if you knocked on the door, he would only open it enough to talk to you - he never invited you into his office. I always figured that one day, there would be a strong smell coming from the office, and then we would have to call the coroner...


How does somebody like that with a complete lack of social skills get hired, aside from being a genius-level worker who's only asking pennies for pay?

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http://bringatrailer.com/2014/04/18/bat-exclusive-restored-1966-wolseley-hornet-mkii/

That little bugger looks like a hoot to drive, for those who want high-peril, low-powered motoring. biggrin.gif


People often get hired simply on the power of their grades and thesis work, in those fields. It isn't until after they show up at your lab that you find out they're completely bat-sh** crazy, and generally speaking, the more prolific they are at writing in that field, the more insane they are. biggrin.gif There's a particle physics guy at the ORNL who bought a new Porsche 911 Turbo S, had wanted one forever, but as soon as it arrived he completely disassembled it, then modified it and reassembled it in his basement. Then took it apart again, reassembled it outside, and promptly sold it. He had zero interest in driving the thing, so he got bored with it. Fortunately, he never was fond of pets...

Another is a very geeky fellow who has written dozens romance novels under a pseudonym. I'm not sure what it is, but I've heard he's been published for decades and has made quite a bit of money at it.
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http://bringatrailer.com/2014/04/18/bat-exclusive-restored-1966-wolseley-hornet-mkii/

That little bugger looks like a hoot to drive, for those who want high-peril, low-powered motoring. biggrin.gif

People often get hired simply on the power of their grades and thesis work, in those fields. It isn't until after they show up at your lab that you find out they're completely bat-sh** crazy, and generally speaking, the more prolific they are at writing in that field, the more insane they are. biggrin.gif There's a particle physics guy at the ORNL who bought a new Porsche 911 Turbo S, had wanted one forever, but as soon as it arrived he completely disassembled it, then modified it and reassembled it in his basement. Then took it apart again, reassembled it outside, and promptly sold it. He had zero interest in driving the thing, so he got bored with it. Fortunately, he never was fond of pets...

Another is a very geeky fellow who has written dozens romance novels under a pseudonym. I'm not sure what it is, but I've heard he's been published for decades and has made quite a bit of money at it.

 

Ah the mini addiction rears its ugly head again:)

 

Or married, one would assume.

 

The nutters stick out like a sore thumb. The thousands in the field that are sane go largely un noticed.

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How does somebody like that with a complete lack of social skills get hired, aside from being a genius-level worker who's only asking pennies for pay?

Welcome to the world of small shop government contracting, where you are hired based on what the company thinks your bill rate will be. The management in these companies are always people with "connections" in government - they either used to be a player in the government or they were a player at one of the big government contractors. They are the "face" of the company and they do all the marketing and selling. They look for worker bees that they can market to their cronies in the government research sectors. And, yeah - the paper bag guy was a genius. He had developed a unique simulation model that existed no where else in the industry, and that model was the basis for several gov't contracts this little company had won. The small niche aerospace consulting companies were full of these guys. Actually, at that company, Hutnicks is right, I really *was* the oddity. I wasn't a phd, I was married with kids and I generally existed in the same universe as other human beings. Because of this, I became the project manager - one of my jobs was to find out what these alien minds were doing and write status reports. My primary contribution was in going around to their offices, and getting these guys to talk to me and tell me what progress they had made and what issues they were struggling with. Many times, I would find out they were each working on the same problem without knowing it, or I would find out that one guy had already solved a problem another was still struggling with. Everyone in the place thought I was a great project manager - but all I did was get the two guys to come out of their caves and then I helped them to actually talk to each other. The guys were just sharp tools - you pointed them at problems and then reaped the rewards. It was a symbiotic relationship that seemed to work as long as the government money kept flowing. These are also the companies where the president/owner hands out worthless stock and stock options to make their caged monkeys happy. These guys love their work - and they will literally work for nothing. If the government contracts stop coming, I have seen these guys keep working even though they are not being paid. The company keeps their medical benefits in place, and officially puts them on a leave of absence - but they keep coming to the office and working - they literally don't know what else to do. That's when I really feel sorry for them. OTOH, I bolted out of that place as soon as it was hinted that the money was drying up. wink.gif
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That is institutionalization in it's purest form. Bred into them in academia.

 

It should be mandatory for those guys to read John Boyd's Destruction and Creation before leaving the nest.

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Nope, just human nature. Plenty of bankers tend to be similar to the personality mentioned above while there are bankers who party, socialize and generally have a good time. As an example, we have a bar at the ground floor of our banks building,some go for a drink after work while others just keep working. Believe me, institutionalised bankers will be very hard to breed :-P

Seriously, maybe they see beauty in all those numbers and shapes and being able to manipulate them gives them a feeling of control over nature. Diracs equation would be a good fit here.
I at times lose myself in the beauty of numbers and shapes but reality keeps dragging me back. I try to read advanced physics, without much success.

My 2 Australian cents.
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I just rewatched the segment of TG where RH is in Dubai driving the Mercedes 6x6. I'm not sure there is a more apt demonstration of wreteched excess than the Lambo, Ferrari, Aston Martin, etc police cars in Dubai. It would be interesting to look forward 20, 50 or 100 years and see whether the Dubai economy is sustainable. I know that oil is now only a small percentage (~2% I think) of the overall economy - but I'm not sure an economy based on mega construction projects is any more sustainable than oil. I suspect that eventually the immigrant population will become a big issue. The Sci-Fi genre is full of stories based on the dark underbelly that emerges in the shadows of the "perfect" megalopolis...
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